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Level: Intermediate
Length: 80 mi (128.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Network
Elevation: +7,283/ -7,331 ft
Total: 845 riders

Mountain Biking Dupont State Forest

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#6 of 546 mountain bike trails in North Carolina
#95 in the world

Dupont State Forest is a vast, expansive area with about 80 miles of singletrack and doubletrack trails. Here in Dupont, you'll find a little bit of everything, ranging from gorgeous trails with rushing waterfalls, easy doubletrack, challenging, technical singletrack, steep slickrock, and flowy dirt descents.

Be sure to check out the Big Rock, Burnt Mountain, and Cedar Rock trails in order to experience the excellent East Coast slickrock! Also, you have to make sure to descend the Ridgeline Trail (#65)--talk about flowy and fast!

One recommended route of many:
Ride across the road to the yellow gate marked Corn Mill Shoals Rd. Go through the gate and take the second trail on the left. This is a steep climb and comes out on some slickrock openings.

Follow the painted arrows on the rock and follow the trail to the top of the mountain, then back down on the slickrock. After emerging at the power lines, take a hard right down the hill towards the dirt road (effectively a 180 degree turn). Turn right onto this dirt road and follow it down to Bridal Veil Trail.

Take a right onto this trail and follow it to Corn Mill Shoals Road. Turn left. Next, turn right at Little River trail. This trail will go up for a while and becomes Burnt Mountain trail.

Continue up the hill. After reaching the top of this mountain, there is an insanely steep downhill that leads back to Corn Mill Shoals road. Go left and you will be back at the yellow gate from the beginning.

Overall, about a 7 or 8 mile loop. There are several loops here so get a map and check out some of the other stuff. Its easy to get lost out here so bring these directions or a map. Lots of slickrock riding - I've been told this is what Moab is like. These trails are fun because they are different, but they are also pretty tough and muddy after it rains.

First added by Jeff Barber on Dec 31, 2002. Last updated May 26, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From I-26 South, take exit 9 (Asheville Airpot). Go to the right towards the airport and Brevard. Go approximately 15 miles until NC 280 becomes US 276. Follow this into and through Brevard (staying on four lane hwy). Go approximately 9 miles past Brevard into Cedar Mtn, NC. Go left onto Cascade Lake Road. Go about 2 miles and you will see the parking area on the left.
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Rider questions

Q: Whats the minumum suspension for these trails? front and or rear? Is a hardtail acceptable?
A: I've ridden all of it on a hard tail. 100mm front suspension.

Q: Sorry if this question makes anyone feel uncomfortable, but as a POC, I’m thinking of exploring trails in the VA/NC region in a couple months. Should I be concerned about my safety if I ride alone? Again, I’m not trying to stir anything up. Thanks in advance!

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  • Hap Proctor   ✓ supporter
    Reviewing Cascade Trail:

    Intermediate trail, though the majority of riders won’t clear the loop without a couple of walk arounds…. up or down!
    Fun ride with plenty of roots and even a bit of North Carolina slick rock. One of the most narrow trails in the park; lots of “Roadie” tunnels and close vegetation. Pair up with the Cedar/Big Rock Trail and/or Burnt Mountain for a solid tour.

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  • Bdub26

    Place has it all. The slick rock and tech trails are great. I thought Turkey nob(maybe) was the best trail we hit. Ridgeline was as expected, flowy, fast an fun. Place is worth the trip!

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  • FarmerDobes

    This is a special place. If you're looking for tech go down the road to Pisgah. DuPont is all about the flow; lots and lots of it. I've ridden the eastern and western portions and they both offer up some stiff climbing and a heap of ripping fast downhill. The sheer scope of the place might be a bit much to wrap your head around at first, but I've found it's best to just turn down a trail and see what's up. I haven't been disappointed yet. Copious amounts of gravel are a great bonus and also a great way to link up sections of singletrack. The only major drawback is crowds, but I just go at dawn and I usually avoid that problem.

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  • Superfly Lee
    Reviewing Airstrip Trail:

    One of the better descents in DuPont. A little more natural and less manicured than Ridgeline.

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  • Tyler Provost

    HONEYMOON SHRED! Dupont State Forest Mountain Biking with Red Wolf! https://youtu.be/AeF2C6LZ7qc

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  • John Fisch

    Good scenery. Some cool tech. Some good flow. Lots of very nice singletrack. Huge area with truly epic mileage available. The area actually rides like a group of different areas all interconnected, but not all the connections are great. Some trails are really just rehabbed roads or very wide crushed rock "trails." Best to concentrate on one area at a time to maximize the fun factor.

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  • Kurti_sc
    Reviewing Big Rock Trail #3:

    The climb to the top and the descent are in great shape. the access trails and access fire roads are almost like little creek beds and full of water from the recent downpours. Still great, but just be ready to get wet.

    Even though the trail width is a good bit more than 6 inches, i still rated it according to the grade and drops. There are plenty of good drops on this trail. Some are between knee and waist high. Have fun, but be careful.

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  • Menzies84
    Reviewing 5 Falls Dupont Sf:

    Great trails for all abilities. Took the family and a great day. Highly recommend to everyone.

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  • Cole_Walker

    One of the best places in the state, and one of the best on the east coast. This place has a ton to offer, I just wish it was a bit closer!

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  • hoppagrass311
    Reviewing Mine Mountain:

    Very smooth and fun Singletrack. Had a lot of fun. Beautiful Fall views. Either direction is fun, but I preferred the south-to-north direction as the downhill is longer. If you have time, ride both ways!

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  • hoppagrass311

    Great trail overall. I took the counter-clockwise route from Fawn Lake Parking Lot. Smooth flowing, beautiful views and ends at a nice lake. Either direction would probably be a great ride.

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  • wspielvogel

    Great place. Best when rivers are lower

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  • B.K. Wilson
    Reviewing Turkey Knob:

    I'm only giving a 4 star because 2/3 of this is a climb and flat all in the beginning we weren't told about this but the last 1/3 was a blast worth doing.

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  • rmap01   ✓ supporter

    As good as advertised. But be prepared... you'll need to climb back up afterwards because you really need to ride it again ;)

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  • wbigsby

    I ride here every Sunday, it's not the most technically challenging stuff in the area, but it's got something for everyone.

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  • dmartinie

    Loved it. This is where they shot "The Last of the Mohicans. Odd that the waterfall is only 10 feet tall at best.

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